Social media survey: FaceBook rises to the top

A convenience sample survey of 66 students in the MS 150 Statistics class at the College of Micronesia-FSM Palikir national campus fall 2010 asked about social media membership. For the first time in the brief history of the survey FaceBook led the pack. MySpace continues to show a decline over time among the statistics students. Bebo has statistically held ground over the past three terms.
Historically MySpace and Bebo have dominated social media space among statistics students, in spring 2009 not a single student reported using FaceBook.

There is a slight downward trend in the percentage of students who do not use any social media sites.

Given the 70% student share of FaceBook, FaceBook would now have to be considered the favored vehicle among social media sites for connecting with students, should faculty and staff wish to use social media in this manner.

In part due to the history of MySpace and Bebo having dominated student share, a number of students are members of multiple social networks. The most common number of site memberships is two, but single site memberships and triple site memberships are almost equally common.
No. of sites No. of students
0 8
1 16
2 18
3 14
4 7
5 2
6 0
7 1

Eight students self-reported no social site membership while at the other extreme one student claimed membership in seven social networking sites. Email sites such as Yahoo, Live, and Gmail were not included in these counts.

Data from the study is available in a Google Docs spreadsheet.

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